I have a goal in life to hit all 50 states for a visit. And I don’t just mean where we travel through but actually visiting or doing something in each of them. Hopefully by my goal of hitting all 50, my kids will have a good head start on their own 50! Especially since I’ve already done about half of them without them (bold below are the ones I’ve hit)!
The challenge for me is when we travel, I often want to pick places I know I like, or we travel to convenient locations – like the Carolina beaches or somewhere else on the East Coast. As my kids get a little older, I’d love to do an extended trip out west where we have an RV or big SUV to travel around many of the national parks and sights out West.
Some of my favorites so far –
Hawaii – Of all the places I’ve visited in the US and abroad, Hawaii is the #1 place I’d choose for a second visit. I just really enjoyed the trip – beautiful beaches, great weather – a 20 min afternoon shower each day and otherwise sunny, delicious meals and awesome snorkel spots. I think if I went back it would be to a different island. I know they all have their own flair!
Maine – We visit every few years for a family reunion. It’s chilly nights and cool/warm days. Lots of delicious lobster and the town we visit (Ocean Park/Old Orchard Beach) is stuck in the 60s so it’s a nice departure from our busy life. Plus Portland’s a pretty cool town.
North and South Carolina – There are some great coastal towns in the Carolinas and I’ve loved visiting them. Topsail – where we got married, Wilmington/Wrightsville – where Dean and I both went to college, Charleston, Calabash, Carolina Beach and the Outer Banks – they all have a quaintness that makes it great to visit. The little hole in the wall joints that you remember for years.
New York – I really enjoyed a visit I took to NYC and I think it would be great to go back during the holiday season when it’s all gussied up for the holidays. I’d love to take my kids on a Big City adventure. I’d also love to get upstate to visit more of the state.
Massachusetts – Boston was a fun overnight adventure when we took our last trip to Maine. We flew in there and did the Duck Boats and toured the city with our kids and family. I love the historic nature of that town. It’s just so different from Charlotte’s modern vibe.
When I look at the places I have yet to hit, I think I’m most excited about: Alaska (the glaciers), Utah (seems very picturesque), Illinois (hitting Chicago), Texas (I feel like TX cities will all have their own personality – and be very Southern with great food!) and Washington (Seattle seems really fun with it’s own vibe).
Has anyone hit all 50? Any spots I should be especially excited to visit?